Eighth seed Petra Kvitova recovered from a 5-7 defeat in the second set to claim the match against US rival Coco Vandeweghe at Wimbledon today. While Jamie Hampton and Sloane Stevens continued to do USA proud, Germany’s Andrea Petkovic proved to be in top form and defeated Pauline Parmentier in just one hour.
Despite a comfortable 6-1 win in the first set, Kvitova (8) was defeated 5-7 in the second set after her US opponent upped her game.
Vandeweghe, who is ranked 108, doubled the number of winners while Kvitova suffered five double faults.
It was Vandeweghe’s mighty serve which did her justice. Compared to Kvitova’s 105mph top serve, the US player reached a huge 118mph.
But the 23-year-old kept her cool and bounced back in the final set to score 20 out of 28 first serves in, and overall beat Vandeweghe 6-4.
Despite the score, statistics show that both players performed almost identically and in true American spirit, Hampton continued to fight against Stevens, despite trailing 3-6 after the first set.
Stevens won an impressive 12 first service points out of a possible 15 while Hampton managed to score just 52%.
But even though she put her all into the match, Hampton lost the second set 3-6.
But despite a 6-3 victory in the first set, Petkovic failed to make an impact when it came to break points and only managed to win one.
However, she was quick to recover, and did not surrender to any in the second set.
She beat Parmentier 6-3 again and goes on to the second round at Wimbledon.
PETRA KVITOVA BEATS COCO VANDEWEGHE 6-1 5-7 6-4
SLOANE STEVENS BEATS JAMIE HAMPTON 6-3 6-3
ANDREA PETKOVIC BEATS PAULINE PARMENTIER 6-3 6-3